About us
Frania Shelley-Grielen is a professional animal behaviorist, dog trainer
and educator who holds a Masters Degree in Animal Behavior from
Hunter College and a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from New York
University, complimenting her expertise in behavior with an in-depth
understanding of the built environment.  She is a licensed Pet Care
Technician Instructor, registered therapy dog handler, certified
Doggone Safe Bite Safety Instructor, and professional member of the
Pet Professional Guild,  Association of Pet Dog Trainers and
International Society for Applied Ethology (ISAE).  Frania
specializes in
behavior modification work and training with cats,
dogs and birds and humane management for urban wildlife.  The  
author of
Cats and Dogs; Living with and Looking at Companion Animals from their Point
of View,  she founded AnimalBehaviorist.us in 2009, to share her work
on how welfare based, science focused strategies and solutions from
the canine and feline point of view are more effective and make everyone
happier, including the humans.  Her extensive written work on animal
behavior and training are free for the reading on her website and videos
of Frania's lectures, presentations and training demos  are on

During her five years developing and teaching the Pet Care Technician
program at a post secondary vocational school for individuals with
disabilities; Frania gained wide-ranging experience in training learners to
use the best, most low stress, informed and humane approaches to work
professionally with animals in the pet services industry.  Her work in the
classroom and behind the scenes, preparing and evaluating students and
sites in internships in dog day cares, grooming salons and shelters gave
Frania unique insight into this industry in New York City and the need
for higher standards for both worker education and services.  This
experience led her to create
PetCenterEd, Inc., an innovative not for
profit, science and welfare based learning and services center for people
and pets (Frania's four part series for
Barks From the Guild, premiered
in the September 2018 issue on what happens behind the scenes in the
pet services industry and what remedies can be best applied).   

Frania taught the ASPCA’s Fundamentals of Dog Care course for the
Houlton Institute where she is on the zoology faculty.  Research projects
include the Wildlife Conservation Society, the American Museum of
Natural History and the ASPCA in NYC.  She  presents and consults
in the metropolitan New York area and internationally (her work has also
been translated into
French).  She most recently presented the webinar,
"Animal Welfare, From the Five Freedoms to the Five Domains and Beyond"
for The Pet Professional Guild).  Frania  lives in New York City
with her family (including cats and dogs).

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